Latest Habitat destruction News

Elephants dying from eating plastic waste in Sri Lankan dump

Jan. 14, 2022 07:45 AM EST

PALLAKKADU, Sri Lanka (AP) — Conservationists and veterinarians are warning that plastic waste in an open landfill in eastern Sri Lanka is killing elephants in the region, after two more were found dead over the weekend. Around 20 elephants have died over the last eight years after...

Tennessee secures 1,000 acres to expand wildlife area

Dec. 29, 2021 04:16 AM EST

SHERWOOD, Tenn. (AP) — More than 1,000 acres (405 hectares) have been added to southcentral Tennessee's Bear Hollow Mountain Wildlife Managment Area, connecting two sections of the WMA that were previously divided. The Conservation Fund purchased the property in March 2021 to buy...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Dec. 22, 2021 17:19 PM EST

Palm Beach Post. December 19, 2021. Editorial: Good intentions alone won’t save Florida’s starving manatees The urge can be overwhelming. Florida’s iconic manatees are dying of starvation. The images of bloated corpses bobbing along what are normally tranquil...

Development and conservation clash at Komodo National Park

Dec. 22, 2021 14:03 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — On a dirt path, forked yellow tongue darting from its mouth, a member of the world’s largest lizard species lazes on an island in eastern Indonesia’s Komodo National Park as tourists snap photos. And about 18 miles (30 kilometers) away on another park island that...

Vermont's wild turkeys are a restoration success story

Nov. 25, 2021 08:39 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's wild turkey population is the result of a successful wildlife restoration project, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department said. Wild turkeys had disappeared from the state in the mid-to-late 1800s when land was cleared for farming,...

After record low, monarch butterflies return to California

Nov. 17, 2021 19:05 PM EST

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. (AP) — There is a ray of hope for the vanishing orange-and-black Western monarch butterflies. The number wintering along California's central coast is bouncing back after the population, whose presence is often a good indicator of ecosystem health,...

Proposed national marine sanctuary off California advances

Nov. 09, 2021 17:15 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal agency announced Tuesday that it is taking a step toward designating a new national marine sanctuary off the central California coast that would be named for the region's Indigenous people. The proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine...

'Faulty' science used by Trump appointees to cut owl habitat

Nov. 09, 2021 17:12 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Political appointees in the Trump administration relied on faulty science to justify stripping habitat protections for the imperiled northern spotted owl, U.S. wildlife officials said Tuesday as they struck down a rule that would have opened millions of acres of West...

Brazil scientists test frozen jaguar semen to help species

Oct. 29, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

JUNDIAI, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian and American scientists on Thursday tranquilized a wild-born female jaguar now living in a protected area in Sao Paulo state. They're hoping the 110-pound feline named Bianca could make history for the second time in two years. In 2019,...